Originally established in 1939 as “Lukens & Rhoads” by Walter Rhoads and William Lukens, we began as a roadside stand selling tomatoes in North Wales, Pennsylvania.  The business flourished leading to an eventual expansion in 1963, which included a nursery, bedding plants, and a retail area, creating a smaller version of what our store is today.  In 1969, Lukens passed away, and Rhoads soon sought the help of his family to keep the business running.  His sons, Tom and Dave, began working at the company, and in 1974 took over as President and Vice President of what then became known as The Rhoads Garden, Inc.  
Growth continued in 1976 with the addition of a floral department, and in 1978 with the beginnings of our landscape design/build services. In 1985, the Rhoads brothers purchased a farm in Worcester, PA to begin propagation of large trees, nursery stock, and annual crops.  By 1987, another major expansion to the retail property was necessary to include a full-scale garden center, gift shop, floral department, foliage house, retail greenhouse and nursery. 
            In 1992, Walter Rhoads passed away leaving behind his legacy of hard work, determination, excellence in customer service, and a love of plants.  The third generation of Rhoads family members joined the business throughout the early 2000’s in various departments.  In 2007, the company completed its third renovation project, nearly doubling the size of the floral and gift shops to the size they are today.
2014 marks the Rhoads Garden’s 75th anniversary. As co-founder Walter Rhoads said, “Our customers are the lifeblood of our business.” With that in mind, we are committed to offering only the highest quality floral arrangements, gifts, plants and trees.  The exemplary customer service provided by our dedicated staff will assure you a pleasant and professional experience.  We pride ourselves in “going the extra mile.” So come take a walk through the Rhoads Garden, and experience our beauty for yourself.  Thanks for 75 years and here’s to growing each and every day. 

 

 
 

Tom Rhoads
President and CEO

Following in his father's footsteps, Tom is a second-generation horticulturist. Having grown up with the company practically all of his life, he officially "joined" the company in 1975. Tom's background includes a Bachelors degree from East Stroudsburg University and graduate work from Bryn Mawr College. Tom oversees the overall daily operation of the Rhoads Garden, while specializing in Landscape Design and Installation.
 

Dave Rhoads
Vice-President and COO

As second generation Rhoads Garden, Dave has literally been working a "lifetime" in the business. In 1979, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College of Science & Agriculture. Today he is co-owner of The Rhoads Garden, along with his brother, Tom, and vice-president of the corporation. Dave is quite proud of the legacy his father started some 62 years ago, and hopes to continue its success far into the future.

Mike Kratz
General Manager

Mike graduated from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture with a degree in Agronomy in 1977, and has 26 years of experience in the nursery/garden center field. He has been at the Rhoads Garden for the past 20 years, first as a grower in the greenhouses, then as Manager. He enjoys the daily interaction with the customers and sharing gardening experiences with them. When Mike's not busy working at Rhoads, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Patti, and children Brienne and Eric.
 

David Rhoads Jr.
Nursery Sales Manager

David has been working with his father at The Rhoads Garden since he was a little boy. As a third generation horticulturist David comes by his passion for plants naturally. He studied Horticulture at West Virginia University and joined the company full time in 2002. He now heads the Nursery Sales Division. He is a terrific people person. David enjoys helping customers find that perfect plant. He loves to spend his free time with his wife Katie and their children, Baylor and Jude.



Mary Roylance
Fresh Flower/Giftware Buyer

Mary has been with the Rhoads Garden for 15 years and has been active in the floral field for more than 20 years. After receiving a degree in horticulture from the State University of New York-Alfred, Mary entered into the field of floral design and management. Mary lives in Allentown with her husband and 11-year old son. She finds the commute more than worthwhile in that the Rhoads Garden offers exciting professional opportunities and great artistic freedom. She also values the chance to visit some of the finest gift shows in the nation and purchase great merchandise for the store. Mary feels that there are few businesses that can provide the level of service and selection available at the Rhoads Garden.

  

David J. Ramsey
Assistant General Manager/Buyer

Dave is a graduate of Western Montgomery County Vocational School majoring in Ornamental Horticulture, Landscape Design and Floriculture. He also achieved certification from Longwood Gardens in Perennials II and Ornamental Grasses. Dave has been with the Rhoads Garden since 1987. His interests include bible education, perennial gardening, bicycling, traveling and scuba diving.
  

Megan Gronski
Wedding Consultant

Megan has worked in the floral industry for over 9 years, getting her start at a small flower shop in Bryn Mawr, PA.  Her love and passion for floral art led her to California where she worked with some of the leading designers in the industry.  After a few years she decided it was time to return to the east coast and landed at the Rhoads Garden, where she has been ever since.  Megan takes a very personal approach to weddings, executing each bride’s wedding as if it were her own.  She believes that every bride’s special day should be as unique as she is and no wedding is too big or small for our talented team of designers!  To keep herself active in the floral community,  Megan enjoys exhibiting in the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show each year.  She is a multiple first and second place winner and recipient of the Delaware Valley Florist Association award for “outstanding arrangement of the week” in 2012. 

Dianne Esbensen, Jen Horgan, and Peggy Rhoads
The Rhoads Garden Office Staff